The Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families is hosting a free, two-part virtual summit, Empowering Families through knowledge, community and hope, dedicated to providing information, tools and resources about Veteran Family mental health. This event will bring together speakers from across Canada to share their knowledge and insights on issues of critical importance to CAF and RCMP Families. The summit will explore mental health topics such as compassion fatigue, impacts on children and effects on relationships, among others.

Each session will take place between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Eastern time.

Cost: FREE

About

Families are often the main source of support for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who are living with mental health issues. It can be challenging for Family members to know how best to support their loved ones. The health of individual Family members is often impacted. Families can often feel isolated, misunderstood and lost.

The Family Summit will empower Families with information, tools and resources about Veteran and Family mental health by exploring topics such as compassion fatigue, impacts on children and effects on relationships.

This virtual summit will bring together speakers from across Canada. Experts in the field will share their knowledge and insights on issues of critical importance to military and RCMP Families.

Keynote Speakers

Guy Dallaire

Breaking the Family mold
Mr. Guy Dallaire was born into a multi-generational military family. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2005, serving in both the Reserve and Regular Force until a medical release in 2020. In 2021, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) recognized a condition for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) . Today, Mr. Dallaire continues to work for Department of National Defence (DND) as a public servant. He devotes much of his spare time on research about the impacts of multi-generational trauma in adult children of Veterans and first responders. His findings are to be published in an upcoming book.

 

Kathleen Mills

Chasing Freedom, combat injuries don’t just happen on the battlefield

Kathleen Mills is an executive coach and certified yoga teacher. She provides yoga and trauma training that includes Yoga Nidra for Veterans. She also holds a master’s degree in leadership and several fitness and personal training certifications. A proud mother to two grown children, she lives in Cochrane, AB, with her spouse, Darryl and her dog, Zeus. “Chasing Freedom: My Story of Service, Sacrifice and Redemption” is her first book, but she has also had her poetry published in several sources.

Agenda

Friday, January 27, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Welcome to Family Summit day one

Polliann Maher

Lived Expertise Lead, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Laryssa Lamrock

National Strategic Advisor, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

Fardous Hosseiny

President and CEO – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote presentation: Breaking the Family mold

Guy Dallaire

Raising awareness about intergenerational trauma within the military and first responder communities

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Presentation introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Presentation: Families matter – a Family-centred perspective

Dr. Heidi Cramm, PhD, OT Reg (Ont)

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University

 

When we think about Families and PTSD, the conversation often focuses on caregiving. While this can be an important role, families are more than the support systems to the person living with an operational stress injury. Families matter, in their own right, independent of the individual with the mental health issue. Families incur their own issues and needs through service. Families need support in their caregiving roles but also for their direct needs, not just as an extension of the organization or health care team. A Family-centred approach to dealing with operational stress injuries will be discussed

12:55 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Health break

1:15 p.m. – 1:16 p.m.
 Introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Presentation: When compassion is exhausting

Maude Arsenault

Valcartier Military Family Resource Centre

 

This presentation covers the compassion fatigue experienced by a Veteran Family member with an operational stress injury. The goal is to improve understanding and knowledge about compassion fatigue. Learn about signs of compassion fatigue, as well as factors that can lead to it. The content also covers ways to prevent a fatigued state. Lastly, tools and resources will be shared during this presentation.

2:05 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presentation: Couple/Family therapy for trauma recovery

Dr. Candice Monson

Families Matter Research Group

 

Although there are excellent individual and group therapies to promote trauma recovery, they do not take into account the larger social environment of the client or address the relationship problems that so often accompany exposure to trauma. This presentation will review different evidence-based approaches to couple/Family therapy to promote trauma recovery, with a focus on the treatments presented as created and tested.

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Closing remarks

Fardous Hosseiny

President and CEO – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Day one overview

Polliann Maher

Lived Expertise Lead, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Laryssa Lamrock

National Strategic Advisor, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Welcome to Family Summit day two

Polliann Maher

Lived Expertise Lead, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Laryssa Lamrock

National Strategic Advisor, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

Fardous Hosseiny

President and CEO – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote presentation: Chasing freedom – combat injuries don’t just happen on the battlefield

Kathleen Mills

Family member and author
With brutal honesty, grace and a great deal of humour, Kathleen Mills provides a look at what marrying the military means and raises awareness about operational stress injury (OSI) — the psychological difficulty caused by the prolonged high-stress fatigue that can be experienced by those in the military service and their Family members.

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Presentation: Families matter – A Family-centred perspective

Deborah A. Norris, PhD

Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University

 

The well-being of the Families of military members and Veterans is related to their experiences with the contemporary realities of military service, particularly separation, relocation and risks incurred through combat. While military-connected Families are integral to supporting serving members and Veterans, they also have their own unique needs as they navigate through the challenges and opportunities associated with the military lifestyle. This presentation will focus on the reciprocal relationship between military service and the well-being of the Families of military members and Veterans. It will explore the practices, processes and contexts that enhance military and Veteran family resilience and resiliency, and related implications for theory, research and practice in the field.

12:55 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Health break

1:15 p.m. – 1:16 p.m.
Introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Presentation: Let’s talk about it – strategies to support young people’s understanding of a parental operational stress injury

Dr. Helena Hawryluk

Co-Founder of Families First: Support for Occupational Stress Inc., and Director of Warrior Kids Program with Wounded Warriors Canada

Jerris Popik

Co-Director and Developer of Warrior Kids Programs, Wounded Warriors Canada Co-Founder of Families First: Support for Occupational Stress Inc.

 

This presentation will focus on creating a healthy foundation for military and Veteran parents (together, separated or blended Families) to understand how operational stress injuries (OSIs) can impact children and youth and offer strength-based strategies to open communication on OSIs within the Family.

 

Dr. Helena Hawryluk and Jerris Popik focus on supporting young people’s well-being within the journey of healing from a complex and confusing psychological injury. It can be scary and overwhelming for parents to talk about OSIs with their kids. Knowledge around how and what to say will empower parents to keep the conversation going, and support emotional regulation and coping strategies to ensure everyone in the Family can be resilient.

2:05 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Introduction

Moderator: Huf Mullick

Lived Expertise Lead, Veterans – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panel Presentation: Knowledge, community, and hope through the voice of veteran Family members

Veteran Family members often have a quiet strength and their own brand of courage. This Veteran Family lived experience panel will give voice to that strength and courage by sharing how knowledge, community and hope played a significant role in their journeys.

Moderators

We see you, we are you.
Giving a voice to the Veteran and Family community, one story at a time

Polliann Maher

Lived Expertise Lead, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Laryssa Lamrock

National Strategic Advisor, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Panelists:

Bethany Easterbrook, Adult Child

Bruno Paquette, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Veteran

Tim Jeliff, Spouse

Diane Welburn, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veteran

Lorraine Brown, Sibling

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Closing thoughts

Fardous Hosseiny

President and CEO – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Summit closing remarks

Polliann Maher

Lived Expertise Lead, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

Laryssa Lamrock

National Strategic Advisor, Families – Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families

 

NOTE: Clinical support will be available during the keynote, impact on children and youth and the panel presentations and via email after event.

January 27–28, 2023
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Free virtual event
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Contact

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Email: sherry@innovative4you.com

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